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    future or present tense?

    Hi,

    "Sometimes, the more you explain, the more confusing it gets/ it is / it will be. "

    Which one sounds most natural?

    Thank you!

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    Re: future or present tense?

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    Hi,

    "Sometimes, the more you explain, the more confusing it gets/ it is / it will be. "

    Which one sounds most natural?

    Thank you!
    It depends on the context.

    As it stands now, with "Sometimes" at the beginning, you are talking about a habitual action, so I would use "Sometimes, the more you explain, the more confusing it gets".

    If someone is explaining something to you right now and it is becoming more confusing the more they talk, then you would say "The more you explain, the more confusing it's getting" or "The more you explain, the more confusing it gets".

    If you're discussing a situation in the future where the person is going to explain something to someone else, then you would say "You can explain it to her next week but the more you explain, the more confusing it will be".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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